We're heartbroken to see the All Whites bow out of the World Cup after an amazing (and undefeated!) run. However there's still one Kiwi on the football world stage who needs your support - 13-year-old Southland student Holly Pierce, whose Google 'doodle' is up against designs from 16 other young people from all over the world in the first-ever international Doodle 4 Google competition, "I Love Football".
The global voting is open until 28 June - we’d love to see Kiwis showing some more of that incredible patriotic support by voting for Holly’s design (left) at www.google.co.nz/doodle4google.
And if you're still needing a FIFA fix, why not check out some of the most-viewed World Cup-inspired videos on YouTube below? (And if you head over to YouTube, keep an eye out and be sure to click on the little football icon visible on some of the videos for an authentic South Africa 2010 sound!)
Posted by Annie Baxter, Google NZ PR Manager
Need any more evidence that New Zealand has gone absolutely football-crazy? Below are the latest search stats from Google.co.nz - it seems we've all got a bit of Fifa fever!
We've been amazed to see so many football terms making the top 10 web search list, as this list doesn’t tend to change too much week on week - it’s remarkable to see so many football-related terms making the top 10. The fastest-rising searches are those that have had the biggest increases in search requests and give a great insight into what topics are top of mind with the population.
Check out the lists below, and to get your football fix and keep up to speed with how the competition is shaping up, simply type in ‘world cup’ into Google.co.nz to get an at-a-glance list of upcoming World Cup matches and recent results. (And don't forget to vote for Kiwi student Holly Pierce's design in the international Doodle 4 Google 'I Love Football' competition at www.google.co.nz/doodle4google!)
Top 10 web searches on Google.co.nz over the last 7 days
2. New Zealand
4. World cup
10. World Cup 2010
Fastest-rising web searches on Google.co.nz over the last 7 days
2. All whites
3. World cup results
4. Miley cyrus
7. Fifa 2010
8. Fifa world cup
9. Football world cup
10. World cup
Fastest-rising web searches on Google.co.nz over the last 30 days
1. Fifa world cup
3. Soccer world cup
4. All whites
5. World Cup 2010
6. Football world cup
8. All blacks
9. World cup
10. Hotmail signin
Fastest-rising web searches on Google worldwide over the last 30 days
1. Waka waka
2. Eurovision 2010
3. Fifa world cup
4. World cup 2010
5. World cup
Today is the shortest day of the year - the sun didn’t rise in Auckland until 7.34am and will set at 5.11pm, according to timeanddate.com. To get the most out of the day, we’ve pulled together some online shortcuts and other time-saving tips, as well as some of the fastest and shortest records around the world. (OK, we know you don’t need daylight to be online ... but we couldn’t resist sharing some of these). Roll on summer! Quickest searches: Looking for World Cup scores? world cup Local movie times? movies auckland Flight running on time? type in your flight number, e.g. NZ0001 Forecast? weather auckland Friend still awake? time london Am I being ripped off? 1,000 baht in NZD How much butter? 4 ounces in grams If you’re a maths student, plug in an equation cos(pi/6) Where’s the closest hairdresser? hairdresser + your postcode What’s the name of that album? 'music:Madonna' Looking for something from on specific site? ‘site:trademe.co.nz running shoes’ What does that word mean? define:ubiquitous Time-saving tips:
Some of the world’s best time savers:
Some of the world’s shortest:
Last month we hosted more than 5,000 developers at Google I/O in San Francisco, a huge celebration of where the web is going, covering nearly all of our technologies. It was an amazing and exciting event, but now we want to find a way to bring that experience and excitement to developers a little closer to home. So we're happy to today announce Google DevFest AU, a week-long series of mini-conferences on Google technology with speakers from around the world. It’s happening June 28th-July 2nd in the Google Sydney office.
We'll dedicate each day to a different topic, and you can register for whichever days and topics interest you. We think this will make it easy to connect with like-minded developers, and will encourage more in-depth learning on each topic.
For more information and registration for each day of DevFest AU, follow the links below:June 28th: WaveJune 29th: AppsJune 30th: ChromeJuly 1st: SocialJuly 2nd: GeoFor many of our international speakers, this is their first time visiting this region, and they're incredibly excited to meet the Australian and New Zealand developer community and learn what you're doing with our technologies - or what you're thinking of doing.If you're going to be in Sydney or are able to fly over to join us, we'd love to see you there!
Posted by Pamela Fox, developer relations team
Congratulations to Southland student Holly Pierce, who will this month go up against the world’s best in Google's first-ever global Doodle 4 Google competition.
To celebrate the 2010 FIFA World Cup, we invited young people across New Zealand to show their love for the game by designing a Google logo inspired by the theme “I love football". A New Zealand Top 10 were chosen from the hundreds of entries we received, and we asked Kiwi Google users to vote for their favourite.
From the thousands of votes cast at www.google.co.nz/doodle4google, 13-year-old Holly's doodle emerged as the crowd favourite, receiving nearly one-quarter of all votes!
Holly’s vibrant doodle will be displayed on the Google New Zealand homepage for 24 hours to support the All Whites on the day of their first match on 15 June 2010, to be viewed by millions of people.
Her design will then be entered into the global competition, going up against the other international Doodle 4 Google winners, where Google users around the world will vote for their overall favourite doodle. The winning design will be displayed on the Google homepage of all participating countries for 24 hours in July 2010.
To vote for Holly’s doodle in the international competition, head to www.google.co.nz/doodle4google from June 21. Voting will be open until June 28.